Free time

Here is a list of things that have happened since abruptly leaving my job on Tuesday:

  • I had a long lie. On a weekday. And done nothing all day.
  • I went to Dundee to visit my sister and bought things to make her new flat feel homely.
  • We found a potential new house. Scott and our families went to view it. He called solicitors and we sorted out an agreement in principle.
  • I went to Let’s Eat Glasgow and ate some amazing food.
  • I had an orange hot chocolate and felt instantly Christmasy.
  • I posted my zone card for a refund on the remaining three weeks that I no longer require for my notice period.
  • I posted more letters this week than I have in the past few years.
  • I tried weetabix and I can’t believe I refused it as a child. 
  • I tried some beer. Still disgusting.
  • I stopped hoarding empty perfume bottles. I really need to get more to replace the finished ones.
  • Bullet journalling.
  • Played games in a pub for the first time. Who knew staking mini plastic chairs was so fun.
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Iceland

Reykjavik. What a gorgeous place.

I didn’t realise it at the time of booking, but booking a holiday for the first week in March was the best idea we’ve had in a while. Just when I getting really tired of going to work in the dark, having to come home after the sun had set and working stupid amounts of over time, I had a week off. And it was absolute bliss.

We visited the amazing Blue Lagoon for a relaxing spa day before setting of on an adventure to find the Northern Lights. (We were unlucky, sadly!) And finally a wee jaunt around the Golden Circle. We were only there for five days but it was lovely. Smelled a bit mind you thanks to their water but it was lovely none the less.

Iceland, I’ll probably be back one day. My Northern Lights tour voucher is still valid for a couple of years so that’s the perfect excuse.

 

Hula Hoop

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I bought a hula hoop. Yes, like the kids toy. No not actually a toy. I bought a weighted hula hoop for exercise purposes. If I can manage to drink a big bottle of water every day I reckon I can manage to fit at least 10 minutes of hooping into my day.

I’ve been reading on various sites that hooping is the way forward. I don’t really do any excessive currently and hooping is fun and I can do things at the same time like watch tv, read a book or something and I’m still benefiting. Pinterest is great for tips and different routines other than just hula hooping for 10 minutes. I’m lucky I have plenty of space in my bedroom and I don’t have to go block everyone’s view of the tv by using my hoop in the living room. The hoop is quite large and takes up a considerable amount of space so if you’re going to invest in one, make sure you have space to use it! (Or just use it outside.)

I woudn’t say I need to lose weight. This is more just to keep me at least a bit active. Apparently the results are amazing – people losing baby weight in weeks, spare tyres just vanishing. We’ll see about that, eh? My waist is currently 30″ and my hips being 34″. I’ll let you know if that decreases over time.

Today was day 2 and it hurt considerably more than day 1 to start with. I don’t know if it was because I’m feeling more sensitive today or because weighted hoops can cause bruising but either way, I definitely felt it.

I’ll let you know how I get on!

London

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Deciding to go to London for a house party seemed like a crazy idea. Then we did it. And it was mental. If everything had went to plan, it would have been an absolutely crazy excellent idea. Instead everything was against us but we still had a pretty great time. The worst part of the weekend by far was our flight home being delayed by two hours after we rushed to the airport fearing we were going to be late. Maybe next time we’ll stay for an extra day.

Dundee

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My sister left home on Saturday to start a new adventure at university in Dundee. I’m actually really sad that my partner in crime lives on the East coast now and that she won’t be sitting in my room late at night telling me all about her day, eating pot noodles with me. I do wish I was there to do it all with her but I suppose everyone needs to fly solo some time.

We spent the whole of Saturday moving her belongings from the car to her new home on the third floor of the student accommodation and making her room look really homely by setting up her TV, Xbox and putting up her fairy lights. Then sadly we had to leave and make the two hour drive back home. I’m a very emotional person, but held it together surprisingly well. I figured, if Jayne saw me upset then she’d get upset that we were leaving and we couldn’t be having that.

Perfect Strangers

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I recently participated in the Oh Comley magazine Perfect Strangers swap project! It happens twice a year (June and December, I think) and costs £1 to take part. The nice people at Oh Comley match you up with a random person anywhere in the world and you send them a parcel to the value of £10, not including postage. This was my second time taking part and I’ve loved both experiences.

This time my partner was a lovely lady called Lucy from south England. She has just graduated university with a masters in childrens book illustration and sent some post cards with her drawings (which are excellent). You can see more of her art here. She sent me my new favourite pen (it’s green, fluffy and has a pineapple!), some passion fruit lip balm, biscuits, a wonderful story about a squirrel and a hand drawn map of Norwich giving me tonnes of advice on where to go if I ever find myself there! So thoughtful!

Working Girl

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Last week saw the start of my science career! After graduating a year ago and only applying to NHS jobs and getting nowhere, I decided to branch out and apply for a whole bunch of other jobs within the life science industry. I was lucky enough to get an interview for one of the first posts I applied for. They phoned me the day after my interview and offered me a position as an associate scientist within the virology department!

One month later and I’m now working full time with weekends off which feels so good to know what days I’m working in advance so I can actually make plans! No more weekend shifts!

Sadly I don’t actually get paid until next month but in searching for something to buy with my first wage (“it has to be something big!” they said) I decided I should upgrade my tablet. A few years back I bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and recently it has been really slow compared to other tablets friends and family have bought. It’s starting to show its age so I searched for the Google Nexus 9. Scott and my sister both have Nexus tablets which still run super fast a few years on and that heavily influenced my decision. In my quick search I found that the Nexus 9 was on sale with £120 off at Argos and Amazon and I just couldn’t pass that opportunity up! Thankfully my mum was able to help me with the money situation since I don’t get paid until next month. I went for the 32gb model which was only £100 off but that’s still a great deal.

I had a great wee weekend too – I went to see The Real Hoosewives Fae Glesga with the Greggs ladies, had a night out at the Cathouse, and had a long overdue catch up over lunch with Kirsten, Amy and Callum. I bought Callum a plant as a flat warming gift a couple of months ago and hadn’t seen him to give him it so he finally got it on Sunday!